Local Art Worth Seeing
On exhibition this month at the Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre is the Inaugural Solo Exhibition by local indigenous artist April Austin
Tell us about yourself and where you are from?
A: I was born on Gumbaynggirr land, with heritage stemming farther west from the rugged ranges of the Nymboida to the vast plains Kamilaroi Nation. The events of time and history have blessed my heart and spirit so that I can now call the beautiful Gumbaynggirr Country my home.
This is your first exhibition but you have been into photography for some time. Tell us about what inspired your early interests?
A: My early years are filled with fond recollections of elders yarning, singing, and tapping their weathered feet as they strummed their guitars. These images are only captured in my mind’s eye of fading memories, sadly no photographic evidence to show – a harsh realization that every moment in time is unique and we sometimes only really get one chance to capture a fragment of the present as it transforms into the past.
That child in her own little world, a box brownie camera in hand, framing shots, winding the imaginary film, and that all satisfying click under her tiny pointer finger. Now entering the Autumn of my life, the actions and feeling remain.
Your new exhibition is titled Miil, what does that mean?
A: MIIL means “eye” in Gumbaynggirr native tongue. These works are a
representation of what I see through mine.
What inspired the work in Miil?
A: I am in awe of the wonder of photography, not only to record a split second in time but also to manipulate a medium to create visual art only restricted to the depths of imagination. Discovering new ways to freeze images and moments intrigues me. I know I will never stop learning this art. Photography is my passion, my meditation and my happy place in this ever changing world.
WHAT Miil Exhibition
WHERE Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Red Rock Road , Corindi Beach
WHEN Now until 26th June